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Apple Cider Vinegar for Health and Well Being

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ACV Gargle   1  0   

Posted by Ravi S (Dallas, Texas, United States) on 12/27/2009

[YEA]  I would like readers to try this. Add two tablespoons of ACV to lukewarm water and gargle all the way from your deep throat. Check the contents of your ACV water BEFORE and AFTER. All the more, if you are a vivid caffeine fan. You would notice all the gunk come out in lumps. Then you can imagine what it can do to your entire system. However ACV is not for everyone. Gargling, anyone can do, but if your stomach is of acidic nature, please be cautious using ACV INTERNALLY.

ACV Rash   0  0   

Posted by Carol (Tucson, Az) on 12/02/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I've been taking ACV with the Mother for about two months. 2 tablespoons in 4oz of water, 2x/per day. For the last 2-4 weeks I've noticed a slightly raised/slightly rough circular rash on the leftside of my body about the size of a quarter. Mostly on the left cheek on my bum & left thigh. Lately I've noticed these same circular rashes about the size of a dime on my chest & neck. I've heard of the Healing Crisis, meaning that my body is releasing toxins through my skin but yikes! Has anyone experienced a rash breakout after taking ACV for a length of time?

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Take less and more diluted.
Replied by Storage Girl
St. Louis, Mo
[SIDE EFFECTS]   I have experienced the same rash you are talking about while taking ACV. Then, I tried to apply it to the rash, which made it worse! :v( Thinking it may be an allergy to ACV? Not planning to take ACV anymore - despite the benefits.
Replied by Jeff
Nashville, Tn
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Hi Carol,
The same thing happened to me after about 6 months of ACV. I originally thought it was a scrape from moving tree branches, but when it did not heal I thought ringworm. Tried everything and it got worse and I noticed new small patches(20-25)forming on my body. Turns out to be Pityriasis rosea. Look this up.
I also wondered if the detox process of ACV may have triggered this. If yes, so be it. I will always have ACV in my life and have lost 15 lbs without even trying! As far as the Pityriasis rosea, all you can do is stay clean, cool, and dry. (G--- Bond Powder seems to help) It will eventually start SLOWLY fading away.
Replied by Joyce
Lansdowne, Pa
[SIDE EFFECTS]   I have been taking ACV for acid reflux and I also noticed a small rash on my upper back near my arm. It does not hurt. It is there until it goes away then another one comes up nearby. I also believe that it is toxins coming out of my body.
Replied by Misha
Binghamton, New York
[SIDE EFFECTS]   I am absolutely shocked to read this post! Years ago in college I came down with the Pityriasis Rosea rash. I was told that this condition rarely reoccurs. However, when taking apple cider vinegar for about a month, again I had the unsightly, very uncomfortable Pityriasis Rosea condition again! I am thinking that this might be some sort of healing crisis.
Replied by Tee
Philadelphia, Pa, Usa
I am currently taking ACV with tap water and I noticed I have a rash on my left thigh. It's like a light spot about the size of a quarter. When I was little I used to get those spots, but smaller on my cheek from time to time. My mother said they were yeast spots. I guess from eating too much bread of starch. So maybe ACV is detoxing our body from too much yeast in our body and that's why we get those spots. They go away in about a week or two.
Replied by Misha
Binghamton, New York
Hey Earth Clinic Friends! It's back! I posted on this site back on 4/03/2011 about taking ACV and a resulting Pityriasis Rosea rash. I discontinued the ACV at that time, and waited about 3 months for this condition to clear up. Just recently, I started to take the ACV 3x a day before meals 2 tsps diluted in water for about 2 weeks and I have Pityriasis Rosea AGAIN! This is the third time I have had this rash and when I first got it, my doctor and numerous websites have noted that it is usually something you get once in a lifetime; rarely twice. But this is the third time! At this point, I don't care. I am going to continue to take the ACV because it has done wonders for my energy levels, even though I haven't seen any weight loss yet.
Replied by Larry
Fairfax, Va
Your skin rashes may have been caused by excessive amount of toxins released into the body when the ACV may have inadvertently too quickly killed-off a large amount of bacteria or fungus; this is known as the Herxheimer reaction. I have had this type of thing happen to me recently.
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Misha, how about lowering your dosage?

ACV Vs. Other Types of Vinegar   0  0   

Posted by Mercedes (Bogota, Colombia) on 09/16/2011


I have question- I bought a bottle of vinegar and it states that the compound is vinegar, it never says that cider vinegar is the source of it and besides says it has apple flavor and caramel color. For me it is just plain white vinegar flavored and colored. Does white vinegar have the same qualities of cider vinegar and both have and share the same nutrition facts and help to fight illnesses in the same way as cider vinegar?

If I continue having this white colored vinegar as if it were cider vinegar, would it eventually do me any damage?

When having white vinegar, what would be the answer just talking about health? I do have one tablespoon of it with half of a cup of hot water.

Thanks for your answer.


Replied by Liz
Boston, Massachusetts
Apple cider vinegar is made from the juice of real apples, diluted with water to 5% acidity. The white vinegar you mentioned won't hurt you. The amount you're taking is no more than you would find in a serving of salad dressing.

Posted by Terry (Qulin, Missouri) on 08/14/2010

Is pure sodium acetate anhydrous powder safe to dilute in water and drink?

I know about the Apple Cider Vinegar and sodium bicarbonate to make sodium acetate, but vinegar and I do not get along. I cannot even stand the smell. If so, how much would you use? Example 1/8 teaspoon etc thanks

EC: Material Safety Data Sheet:

Posted by Gumby (Haiphong, Vietnam) on 06/14/2010

Are the curative powers of Apple Cider Vinegar also found in other kinds of vinegar? In the country where I live, they don't sell ACV but there's plenty of rice vinegar and I've even seen banana vinegar.

How much of the ACV benefits are due to the acetic acid which is present in other kinds of vinegar too? Are other kinds of vinegar also beneficial, even if ACV is better? Can one substitute other vinegars for ACV with good results? Thanks.

Replied by Abid Ali
Islamabad, Pakistan
U have many options to use vinegar. Best option is to make Apple cider Vinegar at home. It is very easy. U can find so many articles on the net on how 2 make ACV at home. However other vinegars are also very good and can subsitute the apple vinegar. But the best option is to make it at home
Replied by Jay(sc)
Sumter, Sc
I had warts, and tried the duct tape with the cotton balls with some success. I started taking a quick swig from the bottle at night and in the morning, and now my hands have cleared up. I have also noticed that when I do take it at night, I don't have heartburn. This is my exp. though.

Posted by Msg (Somewhere, Europe) on 03/15/2010

Can lemon juice be used instead of acv in all (most) of the remedies?

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines
1165 Posts
I would have to say that I disagree completely with the_phoenix's conclusions. I regard taking lemon or lime with baking soda as the major factor that helped me to successfully cure my candida. My understanding of the use of lemon and lime or ACV with baking soda came after my own long period of use and experimentation (4 years).

For me, lemon and lime with baking soda is the most useful because:

* It provides good citrate and ascorbate balance between sodium and potassium electrolytes.

* This remedy both alkalizes the blood as well as the internal body cell environment.

*As Ted has said, the lemon or lime remedy normalizes many biological parameters including pH, ORP, phosphates, bicarbonates and antioxidants of vitamin C.

I also use the ACV and baking soda remedy, but usually only if I need more energy, because the malates formed from the malic acid in ACV are utilized in the Kreb's energy cycle of cell metabolism and respiration. But I also use methylene blue or hydrogen peroxide internally, they are usually just as good as ACV, if not better, for increasing the efficiency of cell respiration and increasing energy levels in general.

I've also found, from personal usage, that lemon or lime plus baking soda seems to actually alkalize the body better than using ACV. As Ted says, ACV and BS only alkalizes the body to a pH of 7, whereas the lemon and lime remedy normally alkalizes the body to a higher and more balanced level.

Also, in the_phoenix's post, I note that she gives many reasons for her belief that ACV is better than the lemon/lime remedy and then afterwards, with no further critique on lemon/lime -- no reasons -- she concludes:

"Lemon juice has different properties[WHAT DIFFERENT PROPERTIES?] and hence is NOT a suitable subsitute in most cases although it is also an organic acid and contains potassium."

Here is what Ted from Bangkok offers and concludes regarding the ACV and Lemon/Lime remedies:

"In my opinion the best formula to use is the lime-baking soda formula, after drinking it many biological terrain parameters would be normalized the best."

The judgements the_phoenix offers are neither fair or good enough in the criticisms of the lemon and lime remedy.

Remember that people who have no experience at all read EC, and I would personally hate to think that I would mis-advise or mislead anyone concerning any of the remedies here.

Replied by Don
Rodeo, Nm
Hi Bill, in the Philippines, you mentioned lemon or lime with baking soda. Would like to know the recipe for that. Would you share that with me? Thanks, Don
Replied by Wildtriangle
Oxford, England

Posted by Rose (Sao-Paulo, Brazil) on 10/26/2009

Hello all,
does anybody know if tangerine organic vinegar has the same benefits as ACV?

Thank you,
Sao-Paulo, Brazil

Additional Comments   0  0   

Posted by London (Sandusky, Ohio ) on 11/12/2008

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IS A TRIP. Listen to this, I usually use, 100% organic vinegar with Mother, always, but lately I have not had a chance to order it online. So I bought a bottle of regular ACV from the supermarket."Heinz". I notice fruit flies swarm around it like crazy, even when the cap is on. When I finally got a chance to use the organic again, I accidently left a few table spoons in a ramekin overnight, and found fruit flies were not attracted to it at all, and there were no floaters. Strange. I guess organic is better.

Replied by Muzza
Port Hedland, Western Australia
Hi, I started reading this last night as I'm well fed up with my allergies. I had to laugh with the very first comment in this feedback section.

" I do not think I can make myself drink this every single day without something to help the taste."

I would drink the gastric juices out of a 10 day old kangaroo that was the victim of Road Kill, if it meant getting rid of my allergies.

I really hope this works as I got straight up and rode off to the shop to buy and try this remedy.


Allergies   5  0   

Posted by Danae (Mckinney, Tx) on 07/12/2013

[YEA]  I've been drinking ACV for a few weeks now -- one shot morning and evening, with some water, and throughout my work day (a tbs or 2 in a bottle of water). I have so much more energy and end up not needing as much coffee as I used to. It also helps flush out candida and "junk" from the body. I'm hoping it'll help me shed some weight.

Yesterday my eye started feeling really itchy, not sure if it's allergies or a stye but immediately after it started swelling up I took 2 tbs of ACV with a little water in a shotglass and 30 minutes later the swelling went down tremendously. I woke up today and my eye is 90% better already!! Usually when I have allergies it takes a few days for the swelling to calm down but ACV sped up the process. Will definitely keep taking ACV :)

EC: Danae, Another option for even more energy is to add a dash of cayenne to your shot of ACV (or ACV tonic). Whew!

Posted by Patrick (Boulder, CO)

[YEA]  I had extremely bad spring allergies. A former Professor (bothered by my sneezing attacks) suggested this and it works! Two Tblsp. ACV and 2 Tblsp. local raw honey. The honey has pollen and allergens and the Vinegar is a stringent. Take one a day for 2-3 weeks and notice the difference!

EC: However, adding honey can sometimes exacerbate allergies:

Posted by Lasa (Littlerock, AK)

[YEA]  I am a singer with severe allergies. I was on the road for several months playing music. My allergies got so bad I thought I had nodules that would need removing. I became unable to perform and every state I traveled to contributed to my condition making it worse. I returned to Little Rock to see my doctor but they did not remedy my condition. I was gigging in Biloxi a couple of days later and a friend of mine, who is also a musician, had contacted an ear nose & throat specialist about my condition. The doctor advised me to try apple cider vinegar. The relief was immediate. I was able to sing my low range repertoire that night. Within a couple of days, I was no longer hoarse and back to normal. I keep a bottle on hand at all times and use it as soon as symptoms occur. What a difference!

Replied by Whoopi
Makati, Philippines
[SIDE EFFECTS]   I have been taking Apple Cider Vinegar twice daily in the last two weeks, hoping that this will help me in my allergic rhinitis, however, I noticed that evrytime I take Apple Cider Vinegar with a little amount of honey and water, I feel some kind of dizziness , itchy eyes and nose, I sneeze a lot but good thing I got good amount of nasal discharge also evrytime I blow my nose. I'd like to know, are those manifestations normal that will lead to a better results for my condition or am I to discontinue taking it ? Hope I can be helped on this as I don't wanna be so dependent to nasal spray and aantihistamines evrytime I'm exposed to dust and smoke.

Posted by Amy (Hartford, CT)

[YEA]  I was on prescribed allergy medicine for 17 years. I started the honey and ACV mixed with water 3 years ago and rarely even have to take an over the counter allergy pill. It takes about 4-6 days of taking it twice a day to build up in my system, and then I usually only have to take it once a day. I'm a massage therapist and I recommend it to all of my clients who come in with allergies, many of them have become faithful to the ACV too. So glad someone told me about it!!

Replied by Dan
Myrtle Beach, Sc, Usa
I've had the exact same results!

Posted by Joanie (Akron, Ohio)

[YEA]  My cousin's doctor recommended ACV for gout, she passed this website on to me, so I've only been using ACV for about 3 weeks now, and no migraines, no sinus headaches (northeast ohio weather horrible), allergy symptoms have all but disappeared, and FEWER HOT FLASHES (am 47), I don't understand why more physicians don't tell us about this miracle cure-all!


EC: Read many more testimonials and cures here.

Anti-Fungal   0  0   

Posted by LuLu (West Milford, New Jersey, USA) on 01/04/2009

The reason ACV works is because it is antifungal. I would also say that if you checked your PH it is probably way too low. It should be about 7.4 alkaline. Disease grows in an acid environment.

EC: Sorry, no idea what post you are referring to!

Replied by Avy
Missouri, USA
I am so glad you brought that up! My stepfather passed away from cancer years ago and was told prior that cancer thrives in acidic bodies. He was advised to work on that, and he did improve for a while, actually. I forgot all about that. One more reason to use ACV. :)

Apple Cider Vinegar and Children   0  0   

Posted by Kim (Winter Garden, Florida) on 09/26/2009

Every morning I start my day with 2 Tbsp of ACV in a small glass with 1/2 tsp local honey and a splash of Apple juice. I feel great and I drink it all at once, it is fine to me. My question is... I have a 9 year old daughter and am wondering if it is ok for me to start her on ACV I am thinking maybe 1 Tbsp for her and more apple juice... any thoughts?

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